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Shipping Timesweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
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  • Andhika eyes integrated logistics for growth
    Group hopes to offer clients range of customised marine-related solutions
  • FASC slams liner groups over freight rate increases
  • Calypso dispute settled
  • Port shots
Air and Land Transport
  • Airbus may let China produce A320 wings
    Move part of plan to improve relations and sales in China after shelving of joint 100-seat jet project
  • PAL to give up 8 planes to creditors
  • Carrier threatens to sack defiant staff
  • Boeing's undelivered orders double
  • US asks int'l airline passengers to list next-of-kin contacts
  • Qatar Air, Sale in US$84m lease deal
  • Vision for next millennium
    Building programme designed to position it to capture more cargo moving between the US east and west coasts
  • ITF campaign against open registers an abject failure

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Sched Netweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • AFS expansion includes US-Hong Kong services
  • TSA to implement new Panama Canal charge
  • Shipping reform legislation wins confidence
  • APL chooses Seattle on Asia-US service
  • BIMCO launch Y2K clause
  • Southern Air succumbs to financial pressure
  • Thai records 3rd quarter and nine-month period earnings
  • Iberia increases A340 fleet by up to 11 aircraft

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Cargowebweb site
OCTOBER 6, 1998
  • New members for European Team network
  • EU plan bad for intermodal transport
  • Former Thyssen-Haniel CEO becomes CEO of BLG in Bremen
  • Pilots concerned about laptops
  • Dutch premier insults inland shipping

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • NOL says it's seeking line to complement APL
  • Clinton harbor fee plan deferred
  • Rail carriers braced for life after maritime deregulation
  • Clinton now slots fast-track for January
  • Consolidators face uncharted waters of reform
  • Latest rail union merger is derailed
  • Board pushes deadline for comments on CN-IC merger plan back to Oct. 27
  • German forwarders hit by slowdown in Russia seek fund for the tough times
  • Walbro sees big savings from Coughlin
  • Canadian National and Illinois Central reach accord with maintenance workers
  • US-Latin conference calls it quits
  • Judge extends period for harbor tax refunds
  • Bangladesh exporters criticize fees
  • Shipping stocks get that sinking feeling
  • 1999 seen strong for transport
  • Strike blocks coffee moves
  • Senator seeks to calm waters for foreign cruise ships
  • NVOCCs live long, prosper
  • Carriers and NVOs: A love-hate relationship

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Cyber Shipping Guide - Ocean Commerceweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Singapore Shippers Rap Rate Groups for Higher THC
  • Thai Box Maker Seeks Investment Partners
  • Keihin Kaiun Obtains Customs Brokerage License

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Exim Indiaweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Planners have second thoughts
  • Saudi shipping company gets $ 41 m loan
  • EU decides against dumping duty on cotton fabrics
  • Karnataka woos Malaysian investors in port development projects
  • Fieo plea for MDA facility to smaller exporters, too
  • Uptrend in coffee exports
  • Global Indian entrepreneurs meet in November
  • Exports move up by 5 pc
  • Vidarbha's economic potential spelt out
  • Captive jetties at Tuticorin, New Mangalore ports soon
  • ECU-Line resumes service to Lattakia
  • Prepare for new ISO 14000, owners told
  • India secured only three
  • Amendments in Foreign Trade Act
  • Cotton yarn exports dip
  • Castrol completes 100 years of service

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Cargo Info Africa - Freight & Trading Weeklyweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Motor industry wins R1,5bn tax refund in export incentive battle
  • Zimstar brings on multi-purpose vessels to add flexibility and speed
  • Portnet's 'tent town' makes thrifty storage sense
  • Hyundai hints at Africa expansion
  • SARS postpones VAT collections from BLNS
  • Spoornet and CFM race for stake in Malawi Rail
  • Cape to Cairo rail link must remain a dream
  • 'Customs bribes are becoming a way of life in Zimbabwe'
  • EU currency moves are good and bad news for SA trade
  • Steep import duty hikes strand Zimbabwe-bound goods in Durban
  • Tailor-made export courses integrate with companies' long-term training needs
  • Airfreight investors depend on 'thumbsucks'
  • Cargo Connection will market new US freight service
  • Parking meters are big export business
  • Reunion conference will focus on S'n African relations
  • Collapse of US charter service forces SA operators to make other plans
  • 'I won't be used as a pawn in any black empowerment charade'
  • Portnet figures add a spark of light
  • Royal adds second frequency for thirsty Zambians

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Marine Logweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Ingalls named to build two 1,900 passenger cruise ships
  • Vanuatu plea on false EPIRB alerts

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Lloyd's Listweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Neptune Orient to sell APL stake
    NEPTUNE Orient Lines plans to sell a 40% stake in its liner subsidiary APL as part of a surprise package to rebuild confidence in the debt laden group.
  • Den norske Bank in red over Greek losses
    SHOCK waves from this year's slump in the dry cargo market claimed a major casualty yesterday when Norway's largest bank announced it would plunge into the red.
  • Third quarter slump hits I M Skaugen
    Price competition and overcapacity in LPG and petrochemical gases took its toll on Norway's I.M Skaugen, as nine-month net results slumped to a NKr56m ($7.4m) loss.
  • Taiwan cabinet supports easing foreign investment
    TAIWAN'S cabinet has approved full liberalisation of the island's shipping market to allow foreigners to invest in various shipping businesses, Reuters reports.
  • EU shipping initiative starting to bear fruit
    The European Commission's quality initiative, hinted at in London last November and confirmed at an EU conference in Lisbon this year, is evolving gradually.
  • Philippines moves to reinspect ro-ros
    Philippine maritime authorities have decided to reinspect all domestic ro-ro vessels in the wake of the sinking of the ro-ro passenger ferry Princess of the Orient.
  • VLCC freight rates heading for slump
    LOW scrap levels, a heavy orderbook and a slowdown in crude tanker demand in 1999 could cause very large crude carrier freight rates to slump next year.
  • Introducing Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International has released an impression of how the world's largest cruiseship, the 142,000 gt Voyager of the Seas, will look when she comes into service in about 12 months' time, writes David Mott.

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Fairplayweb site
OCTOBER 6, 1998
  • Panama confirms pilot talks
    PANAMA Canal Commission has confirmed that formal negotiations with the Pilots' Union are scheduled to begin this month.
  • Norwegian draft budget shocks owners
    THE Norwegian government's 1999 draft budget has raised fears of job losses and reduced competitiveness among shipowners.
  • MDD in line for Seabourn refit
    MALTA Drydocks (MDD) is in line for an important refit contract next May from Seabourn, a sister company to Cunard.
  • Aker takes full control at Finnyards
    NORWAY'S Aker Group has taken full control of the Rauma-based Aker-Finnyards shipbuilding company, by acquiring the remaining 40 per cent of its shares.
  • Rostock introduces short-time working
    ROSTOCK port operator, Seehafen Rostock Umschlag (SRU), will put its 450 personnel on short-time working for several days each month to cut costs.
  • IRS claims international role
    THE Indian Register of Shipping is claiming acceptance as an international classification society, following the acceptance of the Sri Lankan vessel Lanka Glory.
  • Government examines SCI appeal
    FOLLOWING the Shipping Corporation of India's (SCI) declaration that it wants to continue as a state entity, India's transport ministry has set up a committee to examine the issue.
  • CP sells Pacific freight network
    CANADIAN Pacific Railway has sold its Pacific Coast marine freight business, Coastal Marine Operations, to the Southern Railway of British Columbia for an undisclosed price.
  • Watters leaves Canadian Coast Guard
    AFTER 21 months of wrangling over Canadian Coast Guard navigation and icebreaking fees, David Watters has been handed a choice appointment as assistant deputy finance minister.
  • Private sector takes Seaway control
    CANADA'S locks on the St Lawrence Seaway have finally been passed over to a private sector operator.
  • PCC to launch Canal discussion group
    THE Panama Canal Commission (PCC) is to set up a discussion group for canal users and industry observers in the run up to the canal transfer in December 1999.
  • UP claims best service in a year
    UNION Pacific Railroad says it has posted its best service performance since the rail congestion crisis began in August 1997.

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Anvers et ICF sont les chefs de file européens du trafic bananier
    Avec un volume de transport annuel d'environ 450.000 tonnes de bananes, Intercontainer-Interfrigo (ICF) est le leader du transport bananier en Europe. Un succès dont profite également le port d'Anvers: avec un transbordement d'un million de tonnes de bananes par an, Anvers est le port le plus important de l'UE dans ce segment de trafic. ICF a saisi l'occasion du dixième anniversaire du Bananes Express pour réunir toutes les parties impliquées dans ce succès au nouveau terminal bananier de Belgian New Fruit Wharf.
  • Etienne Schouppe critique la politique ferroviaire "doctrinaire" de la CE
    "Si la politique de démantèlement actuelle est poursuivie, cela aura des effets improductifs et se traduira par une augmentation des coûts. Les partisans de cette politique n'osent plus invoquer l'exemple britannique, le mécontentement étant général en ce moment au Royaume-Uni. Ils font désormais référence aux compagnies ferroviaires américaines spécialisées dans le transport de marchandises, alors que les conditions de travail y sont totalement différentes de celles en vigueur sur le vieux continent et qu'à quelques exceptions près, les entreprises n'y sont pas confrontées à une scission entre l'infrastructure et l'exploitation." L'administrateur délégué de la SNCB, Etienne Schouppe, a sévèrement attaqué la politique européenne en matière de libéralisation du rail lors de l'ouverture de l'année académique de l'Institute of Transport & Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA), lundi dernier à Anvers. A ses yeux, la Commission sape les bases sur lesquelles opèrent les compagnies ferroviaires européennes pour des raisons "idéologiques", et la politique mise en œuvre est contraire à l'objectif de "développement durable" et de transfert de trafic de la route vers le rail que la Commission prétend pourtant poursuivre.
  • La croissance du trafic containérisé se poursuit dans le monde
    Le volume de containers traités dans le monde entier dépassera probablement le cap des 160 mio. de TEU cette année. Cela représenterait une croissance de 3,9% par rapport aux 154 mio. de TEU transbordés l'année dernière.

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Daily Commercial Newsweb site
OCTOBER 7, 1998
  • Users slam CTAL 'go-slow'
    The alleged go-slow at Container Terminals Australia Ltd at Port Botany is having a severe impact on the reputation of the port of Sydney according to industry representatives.
    This is claimed in a letter sent to the national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, John Coombs, by the Sydney Ports Corporation on behalf of stevedoring terminals, FreightCorp, shipping lines and representatives of Greater Western and State Chambers of Commerce.
    The letter was written after a meeting last week at which the situation was discussed amid fears that the delays are costing Sydney port users business in both, in financial terms and in reputation.
    DCN has been covering the dispute for the past few weeks.
    The letter states that the ports of Sydney cannot handle cargo efficiently because:
    "There is clearly a go slow at CTAL at Port Botany as a result of the elimination of the chaser position for rubber tyred gantries (RTG)."
  • QR to freeze coal charges
    Queensland Rail will freeze coal rail freight charges for 12 months and introduce other financial incentives in a bid to cushion the effect of the Asian financial meltdown on its biggest customer -- the Queensland coal industry.
    State Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer announced over the weekend [4/10] that the government-owned QR had committed $40 million in coal freight relief funds in an effort to protect coal industry jobs in the state.
    Under the coal relief measures, applicable on tonnages railed for one year from 1 July 1998, QR's coal customers would no longer be penalised if they fail to reach their contractual commitments in terms of tonnages.
    Customers would also be offered lump sum rebates as an incentive to improve loading levels and availability from mines. The rebates are aimed to assist QR to better utilise its assets in a more efficient and productive manner.
    QR's freight incentive scheme, which rewards customers if they can achieve target levels of performance at a consistent and sustainable level, would also be expanded to other coal line corridors in the state.
  • QF freight shake-up underway
    Qantas' planned shake-up of freighter services from the US to Australia began last week, with the flag carrier promising greater flexibility for customers shipping freight to Australia.
    A spokesman for Qantas said that while available tonnages on flights from the US to Australia remained virtually unchanged under the reshuffle, the new timetable for dedicated freight flights on the southbound route would provide customers a greater weekly spread of freight space.
    Qantas adjusted its freighter services from the US to Australia to coincide with the start-up of five new weekly freighter services to Australia by global express freight giant FedEx.
  • Friday start-up for NR's Sydney-Perth express
    National Rail's ongoing efforts to attract traditional trucking business to rail is set to be given another boost with the start-up of its inaugural fast freight service from Sydney to Perth on Friday.
    The so-called "Western Sprinter" service is a new three-day express Sydney-Perth rail freight service which leaves Sydney every Friday evening, arriving in Perth for unloading early on Monday mornings.
    The service will include NR's PolarPak on-train power system for refrigerated containers. According to NR, the total transit time for freight ex-Sydney will be 60 hours, compared with the present 79 hours transit.
    NR said a major attraction of the new service was its late cut-off time, at 6.30pm in Sydney -- four and a half hours earlier than the present service.

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